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>> it sounded like an explosion and it sounded like something hit a building. didn't know what it was. we assumed it was a plane. no, it's never been a thought in my mind that a plane would go down. >> reporter: three people were on the plane, all now believed to be dead. miraculously, no one on the ground was hurt. ft. lauderdale firefighters came to control the burning cars. here, you can see the remains of the plane's propeller. there are 1,500 general aviation crashes in the u.s. every year, killing nearly 500 people. the ntsb is so concerned, it has just launched a new safety effort to try to reduce that toll. david? >> abc's lisa stark with the breaking news from florida. lisa, thank you. and to the other breaking story, this one involving north cool korea. tonight, the united states is bolstering its missile defense on the west coast by nearly 50%. because of the intensifying threat posed by the secretive nation. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz
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on just how real this threat is tonight. >> reporter: today, more provocation, two short-range missiles launched. but it is the unexpectedly quick advances that north korea and its young leader, kim jong-un, have made in recent months. the nuclear tests, the long-range missile launches and this apparently new road mobile intercontinental ballistic missile that has convinced the pentagon that protective measures must be dramatically increased. >> the reason we're advancing our program here for homeland security is to not take any chances, is to stay ahead of the threat. >> reporter: there will be 14 new missile interceptors added to the 30 already deployed. the interceptors are designed to detect a launch with satellites and radars. if an enemy launch is detected, dozens of interceptors can be fired from california and alaska. >> this young lad ought to be deterred by that. and if he's not, we'll be ready. >> reporter: and the pentagon
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made clear today that north korea's mobile icbm has the range to reach the u.s. while those interceptors can potentially track and destroy enemy missiles long before they ever hit their target, the system is far from foolproof. >> we've never had a test against the kinds of missiles that north korea would shoot at us. so, the only way we're going to find out is in a real world scenario. >> reporter: officials at the pentagon acknowledge there have been mixed results in some of the tests on the interceptors, but secretary hagel said today, "we have confidence in our system." david? >> martha, we know you are following this very closely. martha raddatz tonight reporting in. we're going to turn now to a story of heroism that has turned to tragedy this evening. a 6-year-old boy, falling into a raging river, and then saved by two people who jumped in. but his rescuers then vanished in the dangerous waters. abc's john schriffen on the latest on that river rescue in
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south dakota. >> reporter: all day, rescuers frantically searched through this thick foam covering the big sioux river in south dakota for 16-year-old madison wallace, who jumped in last night to save her 6-year-old brother, garrett. >> we don't really have an exact cause as why he went in the water. although, last night, the foam that you see here, last night, it was up to ten feet deep. >> reporter: authorities broke through the ice and hosed down the foam to get a clear line of sight. the foam is common this time of year, caused by the runoff upstream mixing with chemicals. late this evening, they pulled madison's lifeless body from the water. >> we did find the young girl who went in after her brother. we found her near an area we thought we'd be looking for. >> reporter: they are still looking for a 28-year-old man who jumped in to help her. a good samaritan now presumed dead. john schriffen, abc news, new york. and now to another troubling story on the water tonight. this one, a recurring nightmare at sea. for the third time this week, carnival cruise trips in
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trouble. tonight, passengers asking, what's going on? is this just bad luck or is something amiss in the cruise industry? again tonight, abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: it's been a bad week for carnival. the latest? "the legend." 2,000 passengers limping back to tampa because of a technical problem. this, as passengers from "the dream" stranded in st. martin yesterday with a generator problem, arrived home. saturday, it was "the elation," escorted by a tug boat after a steering problem. these latest incidents pale in comparison to the horror passengers went through for eight days on the carnival "triumph" last month. overflowing toilets, garbage, passengers sleeping on deck. so, are these incidents discouraging potential cruisers? well, "the dream's" next cruise has already been canceled. the townsends were supposed to go on it for their honeymoon tomorrow. >> i don't know if we'd do it any time soon. what do you think? >> no way.
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>> the cruise industry is still grow egg, but it's grow eging aa slower percentage than it was just a few years ago. that may be because first-time cruisers are getting scared off. >> reporter: and why is carnival having so many problems? well, it might be the sheer size of the ships. just look at "the pacific princess," the love boat, built in 1971. it's over 500 feet long. now look at the carnival "dream." double the size. taking a ship like that offline costs big money. others say the problem is in carnival's low-cost model. >> to minimize the service, you maximize the revenue and you try to keep them moving as fast as possible back out to sea. >> reporter: in a statement, carnival says it takes each one of these incidents seriously, and just this week, announces a comprehensive review of its entire fleet. that was tuesday. there have been two incidents since then. david? >> gio benitez tonight here in new york. gio, thank you. we turn now to a very sudden and personal shift in a divisive issue in america, gay marriage. a high profile republican who was the kind of wizard of oz behind mitt romney's debates, making headlines of his own tonight, now saying gays should be allowed to marry.
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that senator is rob portman. and the reason behind the change? his son, right there behind him in the blue checkered shirt. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight. >> reporter: he's an all-american father fully devoted to his kids. when his middle child, son will, went to college, he revealed to his parents that he had a secret. >> my son came to jane, my wife, and i, and told us that he was gay and that it was not a choice and that, you know, he -- that's just part of who he is and he'd been that way ever since he could remember. >> reporter: what was your reaction when he told you? >> love, support, you know, 110%. >> reporter: surprised? >> surprise, yeah. >> reporter: it's a story many families can relate to. like when this airman videotaped his own call coming out to his father. >> dad, i'm gay. >> yikes. >> do you still love me? >> i still love you, son. >> reporter: the video went viral. more than 6 million youtube views and counting. and in pop culture, we've
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watched on "modern family" as jay comes to terms with his gay son, mitch. >> you played good. i'm proud of you. >> really? >> we should do this again some time. >> reporter: but in this case, the dad is rob portman. a powerful and conservative republican senator. he's voted to ban adoption by same sex partners and for a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage. portman told cnn that his family experience has prompted him to change his views. >> i think this is something that we should allow people to do. to get married and to have the joy and the stability of marriage that i've had for over 26 years. i want all three of my kids to have it, including our son who is gay. >> reporter: public opinion has changed dramatically over the last several years, with a majority of americans now supporting gay marriage. buff political change has been much slower. less than a year ago, even president obama opposed gay marriage and even now, there are 31 states that have constitutional amendments explicitly banning same sex
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marriage. david? >> very personal move for senator portman today. jon karl at the white house tonight, thank you. overseas tonight, and to the newest image from the new pope. more proof this evening that pope francis plans on being a pope of the people. showing up at a guest house to pay the bill himself, riding in a small bus with cardinals instead of the papal limousine. he even made a call today to the main jesuit residence in rome. the receptionist who answered the phone said they couldn't believe it was him. the pope apparently had to say, "seriously, it's pope francis." we turn back here at home tonight, and our "20/20" hidden camera investigation, about a very common tool used to sell you cars on lots across america, the carfax report. perhaps you've seen the ads, the sly fox on tv. 40 bucks and you get the history of the car you're looking to buy. but is that the full history? >> show me the carfax. >> reporter: in the ad, that fox ready to bust any used car dealer who doesn't show you, the buyer, the carfax. >> what do you guys got, some
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kind of crystal ball? >> no, she's got a carfax. >> reporter: we wanted to know, does the carfax report really tell you everything about that used car you're buying? and what do the dealers tell you? "20/20," putting it to the test. >> right there, you are recording. >> reporter: our producers heading out with hidden cameras, shopping for used cars. at this dealership in new jersey, we meet rico. asking him to show us this 2011 mazda cx-7. and this 2011 hyundai sonata. and it took just minutes before he turned to the carfax to help seal the deal. >> i'm going to show you both of the carfaxes. >> reporter: in fact, listen in. rico's sales pitch relies on the carfax. >> when you click on carfax -- no accidents. one owner. you can't beat that carfax. >> reporter: the carfax reports on both cars showing green checks. no accidents, no damage reported to carfax. but what rico and the dealership didn't know was that we would do our own research on those two cars. one of carfax's competitors revealing that that hyundai had
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actually been in a rear impact collision. and that the mazda was not only in an accident, but a multiple impact collision. the police report we obtained showing it was the car in the middle. hit in the front and the back. and we weren't about to be outfoxed. hey, rico? i'm david muir with abc news. we have a few questions about how you use the carfax in selling your used cars. >> okay? >> reporter: about to reveal the true history of that mazda. we have a police report that says the mazda was in a major accident. not only that, we contacted the former owner of the mazda, who told us he was in that accident and they were the middle car. >> i don't get under the hood of these cars or anything like that. if i print out a carfax, and if it's green, that means that the carfax is 100%. >> reporter: that's not 100%. >> 99%, 100%. >> reporter: when that carfax doesn't reveal that that car's been, in fact, in an accident, a major collision, do you not see something wrong there? >> you have to take that up with the carfax. i mean, you have to take that up with the fox himself, i mean -- >> reporter: the fox? >> the fox, yeah. >> reporter: and so we did.
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heading straight to the headquarters of carfax in virginia. we showed them their clean carfax report and then the police report on the mazda. when an american family shows up on the car lot and says, "show me the carfax," are they getting a full and complete report on that car? >> they'll get the full and complete carfax report on that car. >> reporter: yeah, but that's not what i'm asking. are they getting the full picture on the history of that car? >> no. there is no full history on anything. >> reporter: and further more, carfax says, in every one of their reports, they suggest you get an inspection, too. take it for a test drive. but we didn't hear that from the fox in that tv ad. >> it says it on our website and it says it on every report that consumers are given. >> reporter: does it say that in the ads? >> it does not say that in the ads. >> reporter: do you think it should? you'll hear how he answers that question and much more. should the ads be changed? plus, an alert tonight about america's most troubled bridges. and the dangerous debris on america's highways, crashing into your windshield. the eye-opening report tonight on a special "20/20: highway confidential." we hope you'll join us later tonight.
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iphone-loving interns an exclusive glimpse to get their phone. >> i think that i like this as much as i like my iphone. >> reporter: it's tough days for apple. amsung is a google-powered android phone and android beats apple at the smartphone game that it invented. >> i actually want this picture. can i send it to myself? >> reporter: our testers today weren't ready to switch, but samsung's already scored one major victory. it's got people talking about it. >> actually really cool. >> yeah. >> reporter: neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. >> the phone wars heating up tonight. when we come back tonight, what's being called the best obit ever. but first, look at this tonight. the lost dog, the stunning discovery. may traveling 300 miles, and we'll tell you where she was headed, when we come back. ou go. rv -- covered. why would you pay for a hotel? i never do. motorcycles -- check. atv. i ride those. do you? no. boat. house. hello, dear. hello. hello.
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and finally here, to the loving words being read coast to coast tonight. it can be the most difficult task a loved one faces, writing an obituary. tonight, the mississippi daughter who remembered her father, our "person of the week." these are the home movies taken by a loving father from mississippi. two daughters, this is his oldest, amanda. through the years, he would document their childhood, their birthdays, and he would push them to great heights. >> my dad was crazy. irreverent. a character. but he was there. and every kid should have a dad who's there. >> reporter: and so last week, when she learned from her mother that her dad, harry, likely had just a few days left, she drove from texas, back home to mississippi, filling this notebook with memories that would become his obituary. and she read it to us. >> harry weathersby stamps,
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ladies man, foodie, natty dresser, accomplished traveler, died on saturday, march 9th, 2013. harry was locally sourcing his food years before chefs in california started using cilantro and arugula, both of which he hated. for his signature bacon and tomato sandwich, he procured 100% all white bunny bread from georgia and tennessee's benton bacon from his bacon of the month subscription. the women in his life were numerous. he particularly fancied smart women. he loved his mom, wilma hartzog. he married his main squeeze, ann moore, a home economics teacher, with whom they had two girls. he taught them to fish, to select a quality hammer. he took great pride in stocking their tool boxes. one of his regrets was not seeing his girl, hillary clinton, elected president.
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harry took fashion cues from no one. his signature every day look was all his. a plain pocketed t-shirt, designed by the fashion house fruit of the loom. harry traveled extensively. he only stayed in the finest quality aaa-rated campgrounds. many years later, he purchased a used popup camper for his family to travel in style. which spoiled his daughters for life. >> reporter: and she also took note of the day on which he died. >> he particularly hated daylight savings time, which he referred to as the devil's time. it's not lost on his family that he died the very day that he would have had to spring his clock forward. harry wanted everyone to get back on the lord's time. >> reporter: feel like i've met harry. she showed me the tool box he so proudly helped her stock as a girl. >> so, if you don't know how to select a quality hammer, i will show you. >> reporter: teaching us a lesson, too.
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>> turn it upside down. make sure it balances. >> reporter: harry's smiling. >> yeah. he would be really proud of that. >> reporter: and while some call it the best obit ever, for him, for you, he was just -- >> best dad i could have ever hoped for. >> reporter: and so we choose amanda lewis and all of the daughters and sons who face that bittersweet task of remembering their parents. for diane and all of us here, good night. next at 6:00 here is a twist. a community you'll see why. >> and city college of san francisco administrators taking action to try to keep california largest college from losing accreditation. >> what happened in san jess yeah today that hasn't happened there in four years, will it bring down the crime rate. >> and how wearing a cape is
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trance forming lives of some bay area kids. >> it just seems to be the cheapest plan possible in shoving it down our throats. >> they're heated in hillsborough. residents taking a stand against a plan to improve, yes, i said improve town cell phone service. good evening, everybody, i'm larry beil. >> i'm carolyn johnson. >> the source is the california public utilities commission. people in the commission say they pull ver very ri son pulled a fast one in order to build new towers. >> hillsboro city officials and residents say they want better cell coverage here but not at the risk of losing the as thetics of the beautiful community. they warn if they lose the fight your neighborhood could be next.
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>> a town with multi million dollar homes and where lampe posts are few, sidewalks, scarce. privacy considered sacred. contractors just installed kmumpxz equipment including 13 towers. >> four would be on existing poll -- poles. they'd be trenching seven miles of roadway and cabling new eight miles of new wired overhead. >> this raised the ire of citizens. >> just say i'm going to stick up a big antenna in front of your house. >> last year the castle
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received a light from the jo project he can't believe the p.u.c. gave approval without input we thought of the disruption of the construction work putting trenching seven miles of roadway. >> the castle filed suit challenging the moratorium. hillsboro filed a counter suit. and organized a neighborhood group to fight the project. one will be across from a school. another in front of her home. >> and they voiced opposition against contractors. >> what the p.u.c. did e mail us today saying that the full board decided


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